How long do I have to pay spousal maintenance?
Spousal maintenance is usually paid for a relatively short period of time while a person gets back on their feet. Spousal maintenance applications must be made within 12 months of a divorce being finalised, while de facto partners have 2 years to make an application after the breakdown of the relationship.
Is spousal maintenance for life?
How long are spousal maintenance payments? Spousal maintenance payments are not long term. They are intended for a discrete period of time following separation to enable the applicant to get back on their feet.
Who pays spousal maintenance?
Family Law matters The Family Court or Federal Circuit Court deal with two types of spousal maintenance applications: Spouse maintenance is financial support paid by a party to a marriage to their former husband or wife in circumstances where they are unable to adequately support themselves.
How do you fight spousal support?
This is the most common way that a spouse can fight alimony – when another spouse lies about their married standard of living. When a spouse is required to pay alimony that he or she believes is unfair, an attorney can request reconsideration by the court.
How can I avoid paying maintenance for my wife?
If the wife has a sustainable source of income through her job and other means of earnings such as property etc., the alimony can be avoided if the court deems just. If the husband can prove that he has no source of income, alimony can be avoided.